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I had a really old keyboard lying around that I planned to use to make a Keylendar.  Upon opening it up I noticed that the circuit sheets were a really pretty bluey/green colour.  I thought this would make a great lampshade. 

For the light source I used an LED puck light connected to a USB cable so that I can have it near my computer.  The light cast through the lampshade is not overly bright but it makes for nice mood lighting.
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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  • Old or unwanted keyboard
  • Light and power source ( I used an LED puck light connected to a USB cable)
  • Metal tin
  • Glue
  • Clear packing tape
  • Hole punch
  • Screwdriver

Step 2: Measure and cut the sheet

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The keyboard circuit sheets can vary in appearance so unfortunately there is no way of knowing whether you circuit sheets will be as pretty as these.

  • Dismantle your keyboard and extract your circuit sheets. 
  • Roll the sheet into a cylindrical shape and fit into your base.
  • Mark where the sheet begins to overlap and cut off the excess

Step 3: Tape

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Apply clear packing tape to one edge of the sheet, roll it into a cylinder and tape the edges together.  Fold any excess tape over the rim or cut off.

Step 4: Prepare light

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For the light source I used a LED puck light powered by my computer through a USB cable. 
  • If you have never made a USB light before simply strip the end of the USB cable that is not connect to the computer. 
  • You will have four wires inside, ignore the white and green ones (you can just cut these off), the red is positive and the black is negative. 
  • Since the voltage from the cable is 5V and my puck light uses 3V a resistor is required.  Use http://ledcalc.com/ to assist you in finding the right resistor. 
  • Connect the positive (red) wire to the resistor and the resistor the the positive part on the light then the negative(black) to the negative. The light should now work.

Glue the light onto the base of the lamp.

Step 5: Make a hole for the cable

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We will need a hole in the lampshade for the cable to exit. With the hole punch make a hole on the circuit sheet cylinder just above the edge of the base and make a small slit from the hole to the bottom.  Slip the cable through the slit to sit in the hole.

Step 6: Glue top and bottom

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Once the circuit sheet cylinder and light source is ready simply put it all together and glue the base and top on.

I used the metal lid and bottom of a container of bath salts.  The lid was used for the base since it had a nice rim.  I'm not entirely happy with the part that I used for the top but when I went back to the store to buy more of the same bath salts (with the nice lid that I could use) I was disappointed to find that they no longer sold them.  I've been on the look out ever since.

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astroboy9074 years ago
Hey- if you still have your keyboard could you shoot over the model #? Thanks- Astroboy907
ChrysN (author)  astroboy9074 years ago
I no longer have it but I did take a picture of the model #, etc. The model number is SCORP104. I don't know if the rest of the info. is helpful.
alfredopolis11 months ago


longwinters3 years ago
Great idea: It's projects like this that make me glad I discovered this place.

You deserved the first prize.
ChrysN (author)  longwinters3 years ago
Thank you, and for the patch too!
hussam.tech3 years ago
good work
ChrysN (author)  hussam.tech3 years ago
This is a project I would love to do. Thanks for sharing.
CrLz4 years ago
ChrysN (author)  CrLz4 years ago
Thanks, I think I lucked out with a really nice looking keyboard sheet.
CrLz ChrysN4 years ago
I'd say fortune favors the prepared- this and your tea lights are really nice circuitry artwork. Thanks for sharing!
Amazing idea. Love it =)
ChrysN (author)  cdawisconsin4 years ago
Thank you!
Looks awesome! Great job!
ChrysN (author)  shesparticular4 years ago
SG1Oniell4 years ago
Why can't I favorite this? It won't let me
ChrysN (author)  SG1Oniell4 years ago
Unfortunately a Pro membership is needed to favorite something.
You're kidding? When did that happen? I was able to favorite several others today, and have probably 300 favorites or so. Why did this happen?
ChrysN (author)  SG1Oniell4 years ago
Sorry, I must be mistaken then, it must just be a bug.
I was going to say it didn't seem right, plus I was able to favorite others after it. I think the issue is that the bar that contains the steps at the top is blocking the favorite option at the top of the page. I would love to favorite this, you did a really great job with it. Perhaps after the contest bar goes away it will be able to display the favorite function, untill then, great job mate.
ChrysN (author)  SG1Oniell4 years ago
Jago134 years ago
This would also be pretty portable because if you have an iPod, you can plug the usb into where the iPod's usb would go and then plug that into the wall.
wholezam4 years ago
ChrysN (author)  wholezam4 years ago
johniram4 years ago
I love the design!
MandingaRes4 years ago
Fantástico!Es un buen ejemplo de como reciclar las cosas y lo pondré en práctica en mi escuela para enseñar a hacer a mis alumnos.
Muchas Gracias!!
ChrysN (author)  MandingaRes4 years ago
Thank you!
I think you could also use those plastic containers that new CD stacks come in for the top and bottom.
ChrysN (author)  georgiapeach7734 years ago
Nice idea!
ramhardikar4 years ago
Good one!
I'm thinking there must be a way to attach old CDs to use as the top and bottom. They would have a hole built in to vent the top and you could run the wire through the one on the bottom if you glue on some wood beads for feet.

If you know someone who does scrapbooking, jewelry, collage, or shadowbox art, they might have a use for your keys.
don't use wooden beads for the feet.... use the keyboard keys! :)
ChrysN (author)  georgiapeach7734 years ago
CDs are a great idea!
nahuel_64 years ago
Just great! An excellent idea, simple, cheap and easy to do! I will check the colour of the circuit sheet of a keyboard i have in disuse in order to make this...
sharzz4 years ago
This is a lovely contemporary lamp. I will collect the materials and make one. Thanks for a clear instructable.
PyrocanthaX4 years ago
Now...I want to find an old key board, and break it open to see what I can find...:)
soydannn4 years ago
i loved it =)
M.C. Langer4 years ago
I think it's an awesome idea!! :-)
ChrysN (author)  M.C. Langer4 years ago
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